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Butterflyweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterflyweed has clusters of tiny, orange flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. (weywuwei/Flickr)
Butterflyweed has clusters of tiny, orange flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. (weywuwei/Flickr)

Butterflyweed is a native perennial plant with clusters of tiny, orange flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer.

Appearance:

  • Clusters of tiny orange, reddish-orange or yellowish-orange flowers with five petals
  • Flowers bloom in May-July
  • Grows to 1-3 feet tall

Habitat:

  • Found in fields, meadows, roadsides and other dry, open areas
  • Grows in full or partial sun

Range:

  • Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

  • Seed pods develop in late summer
  • Seeds have fluffy white hairs, which help them scatter in the wind
  • New seedlings grow in spring

Other Facts:

  • Also known as butterfly flower and butterfly milkweed
  • Attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Native Americans used butterflyweed for fiber to make rope and cloth, as well as for medicinal purposes

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